Instagram Star the Fat Jewish Signs Fashion Model Deal
"I want to get uncomfortably famous, develop a raging drug problem, then spiral out of control and surround myself with people who only want to use me, while simultaneously alienating people who actually love and care about me."
This story first appeared in the July 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
Josh Ostrovsky, aka The Fat Jewish, may have more than 5 million Instagram followers with his hilarious @TheFatJewish account, but he’s transferring some of his talents from mobile platforms into bona fide modeling.
The 30-year-old just signed with One Management agency — home to Bar Refaeli and Karolina Kurkova — to launch a career phase that already includes TV projects (with Amazon and Comedy Central), a book deal (Money Pizza Respect) and a wine line called White Girl Rosé. He tells THR that his goal is to “get uncomfortably famous, develop a raging drug problem, then spiral out of control and surround myself with people who only want to use me while simultaneously alienating people who actually love and care about me.”
We’d throw down cold hard cash on a bet that his new reps at One Management love and care about him and his fledgling modeling career. As for things we adore? The answers Ostrovsky provided in a hilarious chat session about his new career as a model ("YASSSSSS KWEEEEEN!"), what that means for his body (Hot Pockets!), a dream fashion co-star (Suri Cruise!) and whether he plans to act ("pornographic movies, for sure"). We’re not kidding, but he might be.
Congratulations on signing with a modeling agency. How did that come about?
I was laying on a towel in a parking spot in Soho — I put money in the meter so it was mine to do whatever I wanted with — and was tanning in a used Versace speedo that I bought on eBay, and got spotted. It all happened so fast, it was truly a blessing.
The New York Post called you the model of the moment. How does that feel? What’s your competition?
It feels gorgeous. I knew that having a mediocre body would one day become the new having a great body, and that time has finally arrived. Those lines you get when you're super fit that point toward your genitals are way out, having a body like Shrek is way in.
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Has your newfound modeling career affected your career aspirations? Or your diet?
I'm on a strict diet these days of nothing but carbohydrates. It's extremely challenging, but in order to keep my body shitty, I need to stay focused. I'm eating a Hot Pocket literally at this moment. The eating can never stop, which is hard but I'm dedicated to my craft.
Do you think the modeling industry supports plus-sized models?
It's definitely starting to happen, but I'd love to see things progress even further. Like when you're backstage at fashion shows, all the food that's out for the models is like whole grain wraps or a shot glass full of salad. It's all low carb and sensibly portioned, which is just not going to work for me. I want to see a nacho machine backstage at someone's fall show — I’m looking at you, Marc Jacobs!
You have already modeled for some brands on Instagram. Will you transition to the runway?
I have two words for you: YASSSSSS KWEEEEEN! Look for me on the runway during Fashion Week this September. Although the problem is that I hate walking — cardio isn't really my thing. Maybe I'll go down the runway in a Rascal scooter? Or being carried by bodybuilders?
Do you have a dream campaign? Or a dream co-star?
Anything involving me and Suri Cruise in matching outfits would be way preferable.
What models do you admire?
Currently Karlie Kloss, she is so slay. But if it can be anyone past or present, I'd say Kathy Ireland. She made my 13-year-old Jewish penis feel feelings it had never felt before.
You have already modeled in a bowl of chili and had meat wrapped around your genitals while posing like Burt Reynolds. Is there anything you won’t do?
I would do pretty much anything, except wear cargo pants. So gross.
What’s the biggest perk of your newfound fame?
Just getting to do the absolute most random and bizarre stuff. I recently judged a pregnant woman's wet T-shirt contest in Tampa Bay — there was a $1,000 cash prize — and I got hired by a girl off Twitter to host a Sweet 16 in Milwaukee next month. I'm not in it for the money, I’m in it for the memories.
What’s the biggest challenge?
Finding stylish adult onesies. I love a good onesie, but the people who design them have no taste whatsoever. I'm going to start a high-end onesie line, so you can luxuriate like a giant adult baby.
You’re juggling a lot at the moment it seems — you have a book, a couple of TV projects. What’s the latest on your TV shows?
My book is called Money Pizza Respect, and it comes out in late October. One of the first chapters is about how my mom slept with famous children's poet Shel Silverstein in the early 1970s, and how I recently got a paternity test done because I want him to be my dad so bad. If that's not reason enough to read this book, I don't know what is.
So basically, you’re taking over Hollywood?
I hope to get uncomfortably famous, develop a raging drug problem, then spiral out of control and surround myself with people who only want to use me while simultaneously alienating people who actually love and care about me!
Do you have any plans to act?
Definitely. In fact I am doing a bunch of pornographic movies starting later this summer, but only in nonsexual acting roles. Like I bring my friend over to my house and my hot mom is there, but then realize that I forgot to get something at the store so I go out, and when I come back my friend is having sex with my mom and I'm furious about it.